Short activation and band conditions report, Gun G/SP-013 Friday 16/Dec/2016
Well, after almost 3 weeks of no SOTA, it was time to put my backside in gear.
I'd alerted for 0800z and couldn't make up my mind where to go. In the end, I opted for G/SP-013 Gun. The track was in a bad state, a total mud plug, so don't even think about attempting this one in trainers, you won't get past the gate.
For the DX'ers, there's not much point in being QRV before 0800z at the moment, nevertherless, I chose to ignore my own advice and was QRV at 0740z. A self spot on 20m SSB and the first 20 minutes produced just four calls, before John ZL1BYZ, gave me a shout at 0800z. Not easy, but signal reports were exchanged, A further 3 EU contacts were made and then Jacky ZL1TZW called in.
The EU traffic picked up and came in a lot faster than I anticipated with the Greeks leading the way. Six SV stations were worked including Χρήστος Christos SV2OXS, with the best of them, John SV3AQR, a QRP'er, working with just 800 milliwatts...
At about 0820, I gave John ZL1BYZ a shout to see if he was still by the frequency. He came back for a chat only this time an armchair copy.
The only other DX I worked all morning was Igor RM9RZ from Asiatic Russia. Thanks to the VK's who were listening, not one made my log, just no propagation to Australia today.
Many thanks to John and Jacky in New Zealand, for saving the day on the DX front.
69 contacts logged
58 contacts on 20m SSB.
I even put the colinear up for half an hour for 11 contacts on 2m FM.
Thanks to all the callers...